CATEGORY: Alcorn County

AUTHOR: SUMMER

HED: Corinth students to put on benefit for shelter animals

By Jane Clark Summers

Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH - Pencil and paper tests are not always the best way to determine how well a student is learning.

That's the philosophy of Alcorn Central Middle School reading teacher Linda Bray.

With that in mind, Bray set out to get her students involved in real-life learning experiences.

"I like to get them involved in the real world, in doing things in their communities," said Bray, who is president of the Crossroads Reading Council.

About 100 fifth- and sixth-graders will be taking part in one of those real-life experiences Saturday as they stage a benefit for the Corinth-Alcorn County Humane Society.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Harper Square Mall.

The students are designing adoption papers to be filled out for people wanting to take home a pet from their adoption booth. They are making name tags shaped like doggie bones.

The entry fee for a Silly Dog Contest will be packages or cans of dog food. There will be several events in this contest including bushiest tail, pet/owner look-alikes, darkest tongue and others dreamed up by the students themselves.

Some of the students, who are writing pet stories, will be reading their stories to younger children Saturday.

The students also are recording commercials that will air as public service spots on local radio stations.

"They are really excited about this project," Bray said.

A veterinarian's assistant will be available to share facts about proper care of pets.

All children and children-at-heart adults are invited to attend the benefit. Refreshments, including a dog-shaped cake, will be served.

All proceeds will go toward the operation of the newly organized Corinth-Alcorn Humane Society, which is building a shelter for abandoned and stray animals.

The mall is located at the corner of U.S. 72 and Harper Road.

For more information, call Bray at (601) 286-6186.

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